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MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit

MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit
MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit

Pretty in Pink & Coral

MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit ($70.00) contains Divine Desire (blush, bright pink), Heart to Heart (lipstick, mid-tone yellow pink), Warm Embrace (lipglass, cool rosy pink with pearl), Purple Dash (Technakohl, intense aubergine), and 129SE (blush brush).

The blush is 0.09 oz. (not full-size, it is about the size of the larger MAC eyeshadow pots), lipglass is 0.17 oz. (full-sized), lipstick is 0.10 oz. (full-sized), and eyeliner is 0.012 oz. (full-sized). The kit contains $53.00 worth of product, excluding the brush. The full-sized 129 retails for $35. The price point of this kit is rather high, and I don’t think that they’re really delivering on value here; at most, you’re getting what you pay for, but it’s not a value kit. Even if we give the brush $20 value, you’re only saving $3 by purchasing everything together. The whole set is housed in a pink satin container with a glossy black trim and bow at the enclosure. You could use it as a very small clutch later on, as the plastic insert is removable. If it’s packaging you would reuse, then this set has more value to you than the products alone.

Divine Desire is a cool-toned, medium pink with a shimmer-sheen finish. It has a frost finish. The texture was soft and blendable, and it lasted for eight hours without fading on my cheeks. MAC Whole Lotta Love is warmer, less blue-based. MAC Supernova is darker, pinker. MAC Weekend Getaway is a bit pinker. Tom Ford Wicked is very similar–it has a bit more of a pink sheen. MAC Feeling Flush is a bit darker.

Heart to Heart is a coral-pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It has a Cremesheen finish. This shade lasted five hours on me, but it was a little drying (Cremesheens typically are drying for me). Chanel Enjouee is darker. Guerlain Gracy is darker and brighter. MAC Force of Love is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer is very close, perhaps a smidgen brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is similar. Chanel Phoenix has a little more red in it.

Warm Embrace is a soft, yellow-toned light pink with subtle shimmer. It yields semi-opaque color coverage, and it lasted for three and a half hours on my lips. NARS Candy Says is pinker. Chanel Caprice has gold shimmer. MAC Razzledazzler is creamier.

Purple Dash is an eggplant purple that doesn’t have a strong red undertone. There is subtle gold sparkle and a gentle sheen. It’s weak on color, and even when layered, it doesn’t build well or evenly. Make Up For Ever #4l is similar.

129SE is a dense, slightly domed blush brush. Overall, it is okay; it’s a little scratchier than the full-sized 129, but the 129 isn’t the best blush brush (not the softest, it’s a bit rough on skin). It felt softer before I washed it; once I washed it a few times, I found it shed noticeably and felt scratchy against my skin. I didn’t even realize it came with a brush until I read the press release to get the official color descriptions! In case, you, too, haven’t discovered it, the brush is held in the pouch attached to the interior of the lid.

Three of the four color products worked well. Purple Dash isn’t as opaque in a single pass as it could be, and it doesn’t build up color well–and it’s a problem that a lot of purple eyeliners suffer from. The lipstick and blush were excellent, while the lipgloss was good.

MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit

A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Glamour Daze Lipglasses

MAC Deliciously Demure Lipglass
MAC Glamour Daze Lipglasses

There’s Five Spice Variety Here!

MAC Glamour Daze Lipglasses ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) includes five limited edition shades: Deliciously Demure (soft cool brown with pearl), Flight of Fancy (rich purple), Impossibly Sweet (sheer soft pink with multidimensional pearl), Pink Fade (light creamy pink), and Talk Softly to Me (light creamy coral pink).

Deliciously Demure is a medium brown with just a hint of rosy pink in it along with multi-colored shimmer–the shimmer is very fine. It adds mostly shimmer to my lips, but it does darken and enhance the natural color and the overall effect is mostly opaque coverage. This shade lasted three hours on me.  It is extremely similar to Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather, actually. Revlon Rosegold is warmer, more coral. MAC Blessedly Rich is darker, more orange. MAC Social Light is also similar. MAC Explicit is cooler-toned, less shimmery.

Flight of Fancy is a berry-purple with purple and silver shimmer and sparkle. The color coverage is semi-opaque–it adds a healthy dosage of color, but it has a stained look, because it’s not opaque. It did not apply evenly for me, and it settled into lip lines quite noticeably.  This shade lasted four and a half hours on me. MAC Dark as Night is much darker. MAC Richly Revered doesn’t have shimmer and is slightly sheerer. Tom Ford Wet Violet is more purple. MAC Lasting Achievement is a smidgen darker, less purple. MAC Lap of Luxury is more subdued.

Impossibly Sweet is a clear gloss overloaded with multi-colored sparkle. It is really just sparkle-city! I don’t see even a hint of pink in the base color; it really looks clear to me–at a stretch, maybe yellowed?  It wore for four hours on me, and there were a few stray sparkles outside of my lips. While not in the tube, Bobbi Brown Pastel is somewhat similar on. It looks like any number of sheer glosses, you just have to pick one with an abundance of shimmer. I really like super sparkly glosses, and this has a beautiful reflective effect and is more stunning in person.

Pink Fade is a light-medium pink with a hint of gray cast. It has a cream finish, which results in settling into lip lines and a somewhat uneven application. Between the color and formula, if you press your lips together, you’ll see distinctive lines. This shade wore for four hours. MAC Long Love Love is cooler-toned. MAC Snob is darker, bluer-based. MAC Angel is a bit darker and warmer. MAC Enchantee is similar. MAC Infinitely Likeable is darker.

Talk Softly to Me is a creamy coral pink. It does settle into lip lines somewhat, and there were noticeable lines when I pressed my lips together–not as obvious as Pink Fade, though. This shade lasted for four hours. NARS International Velvet is similar, just a bit sheerer. Tom Ford Sugar Pink is pinker, darker. MAC Razzledazzler is more coral. MAC Tour de Fabulous is darker and shimmery. MAC It’s a Wow is a bit more subdued and has shimmer.

Pink Fade was the least impressive out of the group, because it settled into lip lines and was difficult to apply evenly and keep it looking that way, as the moment your lips touched, you’d see a line left behind.  Talk Softly to Me had similar problems but to a lesser degree.  Flight of Fancy did not apply evenly, and with such a dark color, unevenness can be noticeable.  Deliciously Demure was the best performing, followed by Impossibly Sweet, which did have some sparkle that traveled during wear.

MAC Lipglasses are vanilla-scented, but I found all five to be lacking the typical strength of vanilla–Talk Softly to Me actually almost smelled like plastic to me.  They are a thicker gloss and are sticky.  On the whole, they tend to wear a little longer than the average gloss due to the tackiness.

MAC Glamour Daze Lipglasses

B-
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total

MAC Glamour Daze Lipsticks


MAC Glamour Daze Lipsticks

For Those Who Love Non-Traditional Holiday Lip Color

MAC Glamour Daze Lipsticks ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) are available in five shades: Beauty (pale cool pink), Dramatic Encounter (deep purple), Glamourdaze (mid-tone creamy plum), Innocence (soft coral), and Outrageously Fun (mid-tone magenta violet).

Beauty is a light, cool-toned pink with a soft frosted finish, though it is officially a glaze finish by MAC. It’s more of a gray-ish pink than a blue-based one. The light color paired with the finish really accentuated the texture of my lips in a way I felt made them look very dry. The color coverage was mostly opaque. When I wore this shade, it lasted for three hours, and I tried wearing it back-to-back, and I found it slightly drying. MAC Lazy Sunday is a bit pinker, creamier. MAC You’re Perfect Already is warmer, pinker. MAC Annemiek is cooler-toned, sheerer. Chanel Candeur is similar, just a sheerer formula. MAC Double Spin is even cooler-toned. MAC Mlle is extremely similar.

Dramatic Encounter is a dark, burgundy red with faint burgundy shimmer. It’s mostly opaque in color, and it has an amplified finish. MAC describes it as deep purple, but it’s more wine–a lot of red in this shade. This shade lasted for six hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating; I did see some very faint feathering along the upper left edge of my lip after three and a half hours. The texture was very slick–almost wet in a way–creamy but thin. Chanel L’Impatiente is redder, lighter. MAC Hang Up is a bit redder, more berry–makes this shade look brown-ish. MAC Endless Drama is a smidgen redder.

Glamourdaze is a subdued plummy red with a glossy sheen. It has a Cremesheen finish and opaque color coverage. It had a slightly stiff consistently–much like the Cremesheen finish tends to be, which I just don’t find to be creamy. It wore for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Offshoot is a smidgen pinker. CoverGirl Fervor is a little more intense. Cle de Peau #117 is very similar. Dior Raspberry is also similar. MAC Capricious is lighter, pinker.

Innocence is a light-medium coral with warm undertones and a delicate golden peach frosted shimmer. It has opaque color, and it has a frost finish–and it’s extremely frosted. Like Beauty, the lighter color paired with the high frost finish tended to make lips appear drier. It wore for four hours and was somewhat drying. MAC Coral Bliss is darker, pinker, less frosted. MAC Cut a Caper is darker, pinker. NARS Bolero is a smidgen pinker but close in color.

Outrageously Fun is a blue-based magenta pink with a natural sheen. It has opaque color coverage, and it has a Cremesheen finish. There are a lot of fuchsias on the market, but what will make this one stand out (at least, somewhat) is it is very magenta and cool-toned–less pink than it is magenta. It lasted four hours on my lips, and it was a smidgen drying. Chanel Extatique is pinker, iridescent. OCC Nylon is infinitely brighter. MAC Dear Diary is darker, brighter. MAC Candy Yum Yum is darker, brighter as well. MAC Pink Pigeon is deeper, matte. Chanel Kensington is pinker.

Glamourdaze was the best performer out of the five, because it wore well and didn’t dry out lips.  Beauty and Innocence were the more problematic of the shades, while I did encounter feathering with Dramatic Encounter, so you may want to be prepared to use a lip liner with that particular shade–very few products bleed/feather, so I am a bit concerned.  Outrageously Fun is, well, fun; aside from the slightly drying result, it’s a nice alternative to some of the recently released neon magenta shades.

MAC Glamour Daze Lipsticks

B+
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is bright fuchsia pink with iridescent fuchsia-pink shimmer. It’s almost as bright applied to lips as it appears in the tube. The finish is fairly frosty. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is darker, more magenta. MAC Pink Pigeon is much cooler-toned and doesn’t have shimmer. NYX Pink Lyric is similar but doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Show Orchid is more intense, slightly darker. Illamasqua Welt is pinker.

Of the new Rouge Allures that I’ve reviewed so far, I liked Extatique the least, as far as the formula went. There’s something about this shade that yielded a drier consistency, and with the frosted finish, I felt it looked dry on my lips, too. It wasn’t hydrating when I wore it, though it lasted six hours, and I wouldn’t say it dried my lips out.  The texture could be creamier, and for a formula described as hydrating, this falls short.  It did deliver mostly opaque color payoff (and it seemed sheer when swatched, so I was happy to see it was as pigmented as Chanel describes).

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Extatique
Extatique
Extatique
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait

There’s Avarice in Your Heart

Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a warm rose with a hint of beige-brown in it. It’s neutral, but there’s a healthy dose of pink in the color. Again my complexion, it almost reads as a subdued coral. Cle de Peau Comtesse de Cayla is lighter and shimmery. MAC So Vain is lighter and pinker. Guerlain Jicky is similar but much sheerer. MAC Spice is browner. Guerlani Galante is darker, redder.

Rouge G L’Extrait is such an interesting formula, because it has a lot of the components of long-wearing, liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t have the same dry-down.  It clings, but it doesn’t develop a full on second-skin as do other products in the category.  As a result, it doesn’t flake away but wears away evenly over time.  The flaking is one of the problems with long-wearing, liquid lipstick, which can make reapplication difficult, as it needs to be fully removed before reapplying.  However, there is a trade-off:  this formula isn’t transfer-free or even transfer-resistant.  It certainly wouldn’t pass a kiss-test!  Avarice wore for a lengthy eight hours, and it’s hydrating both during and after it fades away.  It’s opaque in a single pass, and you’ll want to use less product than you’d expect, because you don’t need much for full coverage.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait Avarice
Avarice
Avarice
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Lipstick Meant for Layering

Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “gold with tone-on-tone sparkle” and is supposed to be used to illuminate lips with a veil of sparkle or used as a layering base/top coat with another lip product. The base is mostly clear, perhaps just enough to give it a warm tone, but it is predominantly composed of lots and lots of gold sparkle and shimmer ranging from medium to micro in size. MAC Ruffian Gold is similar, slightly less yellow-y. Dior Or Etoile paler and more uniform in the size of the shimmer (which is fairly fine). I was also reminded of Bobbi Brown Canary, which is a gloss.

I love that Guerlain made sure to describe this exactly as it is:  a sheer veil of shimmer that’s designed more as a layering shade than a standalone shade in the Shine Automatique line–a range that is typically semi-opaque to opaque in color.  It has a healthy dose of sparkle, and I like using it as a base shade rather than a top coat, only because it tends to be easier to apply that way. I’ll apply Altoum first, and then I’ll apply a more opaque lipstick on top.  If you use a lip brush, then I like using Altoum second, since you can pat it on.

As sheer shades often wear off quickly, I wasn’t all that surprised to find that this shade didn’t last as long as other Shine Automatique shades: four hours overall, but there were a few pieces of shimmer that lingered for longer.  It was slightly hydrating but not as moisturizing as other shades.  I could also feel the texture of the sparkle from the get-go.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Altoum
Altoum
Altoum
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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